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Mental Health in Question for Man Accused of False Gun Threats

The arraignment for Tom G. Rohrbach, of New Lenox, was postponed after lawyers learned he might have mental health issues. Police say he threatened to shoot up area high schools and his neighborhood.

The mental health of a against the Lincoln-Way High School District, himself and his neighbors by telephone will be the subject of his possible arraignment next week. 

Based on information relayed to prosecutors by the family of 46-year-old Tom G. Rohrbach, Judge Richard Schoenstedt postponed formal indictment one week to allow lawyers to make motions on whether the defendant is fit for trial.

Assistant public defender Stephen Whitmore, who appeared caught off guard by the news, told the court he would need a few days to prepare. Another hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, May 29.

Members of the man’s family who were present in court on Wednesday declined to comment on the condition of his mind, saying it was strictly a “family matter.”

Rohrbach, of the 700 block of Lisson Grove in New Lenox, has been charged with two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat, a Class 1 felony, and nine counts of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony, and has remained in jail on a $75,000 bond since his arrest May 1.

The indictment alleges that on six occasions between March 6 and April 30 Rohrbach threatened to “shoot up” various Lincoln-Way high schools and his own neighborhood on Lisson Grove. During one phone call, according to the indictment, Rohrbach threatened to kill himself.

At other times the caller was ambiguous, telling a 911 operator that he simply had a “target” and was “going to shoot it.”

If determined to be of sane mind and convicted on all counts, he could face 17 to 57 years in jail.

Appearing in court by video on Wednesday, dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit with disheveled hair and eyes, Rohrbach said he was fully understood what lawyers had said of him.

In each incident when a location was specified, police responded but found no danger. Eventually police executed a search warrant at Rohrbach's mother's home, where he lived. Two cell phones were recovered from Rohrbach's home, but no weapons, Chief Bob Sterba said.

— New Lenox Patch Editor Michael Sewall contributed to this report.

Sgt. USMC May 24, 2012 at 04:52 AM
How hard is it to prove he had a mental illness?
The Guru May 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Sounds like a cry for help to me.
White Irish Heritages May 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM
The way multicult and Anti-White school curriculum is these days, it probably drove him to drink. A guy fed up with the neo-marxist anti-White schools today is justifiably driven to drink. A drunk threat over the phone is hardly credible. A drunk driver is deadly. He should be given an order to stop drinking and required to attend AA meetings. Probation on the condition he admits he has a drinking problem, if that is indeed the case, and a court order to attend local AA meetings.
The Guru May 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Wow. You are absolutely fantastic. I cant tell if you truly believe the crap that you are spewing or if you are one of the "neo-marxist" purposly trolling this website to give people of Irish Herritage a bad name. Either way, you are doing a good job of making yourself look like a complete moron. Kudo's
oscar grouch June 06, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I have been an acquaintance of Tom for at least a decade. I also live in the same subdivision as him. I couldn't believe it when I found out it has him that had done this. If you spend a short time with him you would know he is harmless. You would also know that he is what some call a "90 percenter". He's all there but something is "missing" . I don't know how to say it and be politicaly correct. I can't believe the stupidity of his actions but I'd be willing to bet that he was just trying to pull a prank and watch the police in action and nothing more. I wish the prosecuter would spend a bit of time with him and I'm sure he would see what I'm saying. What Tom did was horribly wrong and got a large number of people worried and upset but he didn't realize what problems his actions could cause.

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